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1 posted on 04/03/2004 9:01:19 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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3 posted on 04/03/2004 9:03:48 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Ex-intelligence officer says Tehran deploying agents in Iraq

BBC - Monitoring Service
Apr 3, 2004

Text of report by Ali Nurizadah in London, entitled "Former Iranian intelligence officer: Tehran is deploying its agents in Iraq from north to south", published by London-based newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat on 3 April

The former official in charge of the Iraqi file in Iranian intelligence has disclosed in a statement to Al-Sharq al-Awsat information about the extensive Iranian security presence in Iraq, which he said is not confined to the Shi'i cities alone but extends from Zakho in the north to Umm al-Khasib in the south.

The official, who is known in Iraq by the name "Hajj Saeedi", said that elements from Iran's Revolutionary Guards intelligence and Quds Corps did not infiltrate into Iraqi territories during and after the war only but hundreds of intelligence agents, among them a number of Iraqi agents and returnees (Iraqis expelled by Saddam Husayn's regime in the 1970's and 1980's on the pretext of their Iranian origins) returned to Iraq before the war across the Kurdish areas that were not under the central government's control.

Iranian intelligence benefited after the war from the lack of any controls in the border areas to send a group of its best elements to Iraq, some of them disguised as students and clerics and others as part of the Shi'i organizations' militias.

"Hajj Saeedi", who fled from Iran recently, pointed out that the liquidation of Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim, chairman of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, last summer was "one of the most important achievements of the Quds Corps intelligence elements who succeeded in carrying out their mission and leaving Iraq without any difficulty", according to him.

He also revealed a failed attempt to assassinate Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the senior Shi'i religious leader, and said he sent a message through a friend who visited Al-Sistani in his house on the eve of Id al-Adha last year, warning Al-Sistani not to receive some students and clerics who came from Iran to meet him after the id.

As he told Al-Sharq al-Awsat, "Hajj Saeedi" then contacted one of Al-Sistani's aides from inside Iraq and gave him details of the plan to assassinate the Shi'i leader. He added that another plan was prepared to assassinate Ayatollah Ishaq al-Fayyadi too.

Asked where the Iranian intelligence elements are based in Iraq, "Hajj Saeedi" said there are some offices in Al-Sulaymaniyah and Darband-i Khan in the north that are known to everyone, but the Kurdish authorities do not allow these offices' elements to carry out any activities that are harmful to Iraq's security and national interests. The danger comes from the offices that have fronts other than security and intelligence. They include 18 offices of "charity" foundations in Al-Kazimiyah and Madinat al-Sadr (formerly Al-Thawrah) in Baghdad, Karbala, Al-Najaf, Al-Kufah, Al-Nasiriyah, Basra and other cities where the Shi'is are the majority. They operate under the cover of helping the poor and oppressed with money, medicines, and daily necessities from food to clothes. New agents are recruited daily in these offices.

"Hajj Saeedi" went on to say that the Iranian intelligence plan for turning Iraq into a second Iran is extensive and the focus is at present on recruiting thousands of Shi'i youths for the stage during the parliamentary elections would be held in Iraq. The recruits have to mobilize their relatives and acquaintances to vote for the candidates selected by Iranian intelligence. He pointed out that the Iranian radio and television networks, press agencies and some newspapers close to the security organs are also fronts through which Quds Corps and Revolutionary Guards intelligence elements enter Iraq.

It is recalled that these networks, agencies and newspapers have more than 300 correspondents and technicians operating in Iraq at present and the possibility cannot be ruled that the Quds Corps and Guards intelligence had planted some of their elements among them as correspondents who can move in all Iraq's areas with their press cards and deliver the intelligence offices' messages and instructions to their local agents in Iraq.

Regarding the reports that the Iranian leadership has allocated 1bn dollars to prevent the establishment of a modern secular democratic state in Iraq, the official said the monthly allocations for the public and secret security offices in Iraq are more 70m dollars. An amount of 5m dollars is distributed in some religious schools as monthly salaries for the students and assistance to some clerics who are cooperating. More than 2,700 houses, apartments, and rooms were leased in Karbala and Al-Najaf by local collaborators to house the intelligence and Quds Corps elements in 14 Iraqi cities. "Hajj Saeedi" added that the measures taken by the two Kurdish administrations during recent months prompted the Revolutionary Guards and Quds Corps intelligence to implement a plan aimed at inciting the Shi'i Turkomans against the Kurds. He added that some Shi'i Turkoman leaders went to Tehran where they received huge financial aid and guarantees that Iran would support them if confrontations broke out between them and the Kurds.

He concluded his statement by saying: "In the 1980's and on the orders of Imam Khomeyni, we took our battle with the United States to Lebanon where we hit the US marines base and the US Embassy in Beirut and kidnapped William Buckley, head of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Middle East, and several American citizens. The United States was forced to recognize our role in Lebanon. We are today moving our battle with the United States to Iraq on the orders of the revolution guide so that it will recognize our role there too."
4 posted on 04/03/2004 9:07:26 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian radio says decisive stance needed against Israeli "oppression"

BBC - Monitoring Service
Apr 3, 2004

Text of report by Iranian radio on 3 April

The terroristic and repressive actions of the Zionist regime in the occupied territory of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip which were intensified after the assassination of the spiritual leader of Hamas, Shaykh Ahamed Yasin, continue.

The latest threatening statements made by Ariel Sharon, the criminal and expansionist prime minister of this regime, about the assassination of Yasir Arafat and Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah and the expulsion of Arabs living in the land occupied by Israel in 1948 after the completion of the so-called security wall in the West Bank, herald the terroristic and aggressive actions of the this regime in the future.

According to political analysts, if these threats materialize, the situation that existed in 1948, that is, the occupation of the Palestine and the declaration of the usurper Zionist regime which led to the homelessness of one million Palestinians, will be repeated, and probably most of the attempts that have been made since for the resolution of the Middle East problems will be rendered ineffective. Because, the recent actions of the Zionist regime for the expulsion of Arabs in the occupied Palestine which is estimated to be more than one million people, in addition to the attempts of this regime for the imposition of further restrictions in refugee camps in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with the aim of making them to leave their homes, in the end will pit the Zionist regime against the Arab countries, of which Jordan and Egypt signed the so-called peace agreements with this regime. And should the terroristic actions of Tel Aviv spread to areas beyond Palestine, especially to Lebanon, the relative calm that exist along the Lebanese and the occupied Palestine border will be undermined and the situation in this region will be back to square one.

Therefore, it can be said that the Zionist regime by making new threats, is challenging the regional and international peace and is seriously undermining it, and with its policy of oppression and terror and by resorting to operations like the attacks by the soldiers of this regime to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is challenging the Muslims to a fight. Therefore, the adoption of a decisive and serious stance by the world and regional communities, especially the UN Security Council, against this regime is important and any negligence in this connection will have in its wake the repetition of past atrocities.

Source: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, in Persian 0930 gmt 3 Apr 04
5 posted on 04/03/2004 9:08:57 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran Trying to Eliminate Tension With IAEA: Lawmaker

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Head of Majlis Energy Commission Hossein Afarideh here on Saturday said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is extending necessary cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a bid to remove existing tension with the organization.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA, he said because of this, the Islamic Republic of Iran has agreed to sign the additional protocol to NPT and has voluntarily suspended uranium enrichment program.

On reported U.S. plans to enforce sanctions against Iran, he said the U.S. sanctions against Iran is nothing new and in case the Islamic Republic of Iran reaches an agreement with IAEA, these sanctions will not be imposed.

The MP from Shirvan, said the country's officials expect the European Union, particularly Britain, France and Germany, to exert greater influence on public opinion in order to take required measures to remove existing tensions.

The U.S. policy against Iran is rooted in the lobbying by the Zionist regime which masterminds the imposed sanctions as well as threats against the country, he pointed out.

"If the ongoing negotiations between Iran and Europe bear positive results, the US will not be able to take any action against us," he reiterated.

The U.S. deputy foreign secretary recently claimed that the U.S. is to impose a new sanctions over Iran by including 13 new items.

The sanction is aimed at preventing the country from gaining access to technological know-how on the construction of weapons of mass destruction as well as nuclear arms, he said.
6 posted on 04/03/2004 9:11:02 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran, Syria Discuss Political, Parliamentary Ties

DAMASCUS (IRNA) -- Officials of Iran and Syria discussed here Saturday possible avenues for expanding political and parliamentary relations.

During a meeting between Iran's Ambassador to Syria Mohammad-Reza Baqeri and the chairman of the Syrian Foreign Policy Commission of the People's Assembly, Hoda al-Hemsi, both sides called for bolstering of bilateral ties.

And al-Hemsi also called for boosting of cooperation and coordination between the two parliaments on issues at the regional and international levels, particularly as members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Islamic Parliamentary Union.

Al-Hemsi, expressing her appreciation for Iran's principled stances in various issues, urged continuation of Tehran's crucial support for the causes of the Islamic World and its strategic defense of the legitimate rights of the Islamic states. She voiced satisfaction over the increasing Tehran-Damascus relations in various bilateral, regional and international fields, and termed the role of their parliaments in achieving this end as "important and fundamental."

The Syrian official also called for bilateral cooperation with the Iranian Majlis (parliament) in settling key regional issues, including Palestine and Iraq.

Baqeri, for his part, said the visit by the chairman of the Majlis Foreign Policy Commission to Syria, the visit by the Syrian delegation of the countries' Joint Parliamentary Friendship Group to Tehran and the invitation extended by the head of the Syrian People's Assembly to the Majlis speaker to pay a visit to Damascus are symbols of the two countries' increasing cooperation.
7 posted on 04/03/2004 9:12:15 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Surely you don't expect OUR media to cover Iran. It just can't spare the time or some incredible blockbuster in the Kobe/Peterson/MJackson trials might be missed.
9 posted on 04/03/2004 9:17:28 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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European Big Three Influenced by Iran-U.S. Conflict: MP

TEHRAN (Mehr News Agency) – MP Hassan Qashqavi said here Saturday that the statement issued by the three European countries on Wednesday concerning the starting of a uranium conversion plant in Isfahan was a propagandistic and political skirmish that marked a new era of serious conflict between Iran and the United States.

Qashqavi told the Mehr News Agency that the concerns of Britain, Germany and France on Iran’s nuclear research activities were baseless.

“Their concerns are basically related to the old conflict between Iran and the U.S. and the three countries are similarly influenced by the issue just like Canada, Australia and Japan,” he said.

Member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said that the U.S. has comprehensive information about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and it tries to mislead the world public opinion in this regard.

He added that Washington’s measures toward Iran are similar to those it made against Iraq, saying that the U.S. does not intend to give up its excuses against Iran before long.

The MP said that various researches on converting uranium oxide concentrate into uranium hexafluoride gas are to be carried out in the plant, adding that this is a completely scientific procedure. The inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were constantly monitoring the Isfahan site, Qashqavi mentioned

“Even IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei made positive remarks about this nuclear site in his strongly-worded statement that led to the agency’s unfair resolution on Iran’s nuclear program,” he said.

Even IAEA spokesman Melissa Fleming has referred to the site as an uncontroversial issue which is under full scrutiny and unconnected to a commitment by Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, he said in conclusion.
14 posted on 04/04/2004 8:21:37 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Yassin's death exposes Arab-Iran divide

TEHRAN: The days after the death in an Israeli rocket attack of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader of the Palestinian group Hamas, has highlighted rifts between Iranians, and between Iran and its Arab neighbours.

The March 22 assassination drew immediate condemnation from Iran's top political and religious leaders, but Sheikh Yassin's death has so far failed to stir large-scale public reaction. Despite fiery rhetoric from their leaders, only some 7,000 people, many of them from the military and government, took part in March 29 rallies, organized by officials to commemorate Sheikh Yassin.

Members of the public and experts attributed the poor turnout to rifts between the government and people here and to a sense that Iran's Arab neighbours have treated it unfairly.

In the assassination's immediate aftermath, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a statement saying: "The gangsters, the occupiers of Palestinian land (Israelis) should know that their stupid power bears testimony to their weakness and failure and the fake sovereignty and usurper regime of Zionists is bound for extinction. Palestine belongs to the Palestinian nation."

Almost all politicians, reformists and conservatives, followed suit.

But officials waited until March 29 - Friday, a day of prayer for Muslims - to organize a public show of condemnation for the killing of Sheikh Yassin and others on their way home from prayers at a mosque in Gaza City.

"The Iranian regime had to wait until Friday as it is the only day to exploit the worshippers for political rallies for or against something," said Majid Rahamani, an editor at the state-run television network.

Alireza Hussianabadi, a lieutenant in law enforcement, said public rallies had been postponed to accommodate Persian New Year observances.

"People are busy in their Eiddidani (visiting each others' homes in the holidays)," he said.

Some remained unconvinced.

"I think the regime waited to see the reactions in other Muslim countries and then decided how to orchestrate the demonstrations," said bank teller Hasan Salmasi who happened upon the rally with his 10-year-old son. "Even in Turkey, where secularism is strong and Israelis have economic and military interests, people on their own took to the streets."

Hasan said he had respect for Sheikh Yassin, whom he viewed as a freedom fighter, but would not take part in the rally, near Tehran University. "I do not bother myself to take part in anything choreographed by the government," he said.

Sohrab Radfar, a student preparing to sit the entrance examination for government universities, echoed the sentiment.

"As there are no viable and genuine NGOs in Iran, even paying homage to the heroes of other nations is entirely pre-planned by the government and security men," he said.

Others said Sheikh Yassin, the man they were asked to mourn, remained something of a mystery.

"It seems we have romanticized the sheikh's life," said Arash E'temadi, 23.

Arash and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Shirin, had skipped the rally to queue hand in hand for tickets to see 'Boutique', a popular film about a poor girl trying to flee Iran for the West.

Mahraz Behboud, a 17-year-old student from a high school for gifted girls, said she had not known Sheikh Yassin, was unmoved by his death, and disagreed with the official policy of siding with Palestinians.

"A nation should not waste its financial resources to support weak nations. Diplomatic relations ought to be based on strong ties with the powerful nation. Israel must be our strategic ally, not Palestine," she said.

Hermidas Bavand, Tehran's ambassador to the United Nations before Iran's monarchy fell to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, said enthusiasm for the Palestinian cause had waned among middle-class Iranians in part because of rifts between Tehran and its Arab neighbours. These were unrelated to Palestine but reinforced a sense of alienation.-Dawn/The InterPress News Service.
15 posted on 04/04/2004 8:22:46 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran denies report of bomb-grade uranium find

Sources say traces found at sites not declared to IAEA

Updated: 3:27 a.m. ET April 04, 2004TEHRAN, Iran - Iran on Sunday denied a Reuters report quoting diplomats who said traces of bomb-grade uranium had been found at sites in Iran other than the two already declared to U.N. nuclear inspectors.

"Reuters is making false, baseless and unfounded propaganda," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a news conference.

A Western diplomat told Reuters on Friday that enriched uranium had been found in sites other than the Natanz enrichment centre and a workshop of the Kalaye Electric Company, already known to the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

The United States accuses Tehran of pursuing nuclear weapons but Iran insists its ambitions are limited to generating electricity.

Sources based in Vienna, the home of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who follow its work on Iran, confirmed traces had been found at other sites, but the agency would not comment.

Last month, the IAEA passed a resolution deploring Iran's failure to declare potentially arms-related activities.

Iran's omissions of key atomic technology from an October resolution included undeclared research on advance "P2" centrifuges that can make bomb-grade uranium.

But Asefi on Sunday said there were no further undeclared nuclear sites.

"There is no nuclear center in Iran which we have hidden from inspectors," he said.
16 posted on 04/04/2004 8:27:52 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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24 posted on 04/04/2004 9:18:46 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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